Crappie Fishing Tips

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Crappie are one of the most popular freshwater fish to catch because they are so abundant and they taste great.  There are 2 types of crappies: black and white.  Black and white crappie share most of the same waters, however, black crappie are most abundant in northern lakes that are cool with a gravel or sand bottom.  White crappie are common in reservoirs, lakes, and rivers.  They tolerate darker water than black crappie and they thrive in southern lakes with soft or hard bottoms.  Both species live in rivers and streams, however, black crappie prefer calmer water and they also tolerate a higher salt content, which is why they are common in estuaries.

line-3Sewell’s Favorites – Best 3 Crappie Lures for Action
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There are a lot of good crappie baits on the market for action.  If you want to catch a lot of fish, it’s tough to top the 3 listed below.

baby shad

Bobby Garland Baby Shad (2″)
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slab slayr

Bobby Garland Slab Slay’r (2″)
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kalins triple threat grub 2 inch

Kalin’s Triple Threat Grub (2″)
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line-3Sewell’s Favorites – Best 3 Lures for Targeting Big Crappie
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For bigger crappie, you definitely want to upsize a little.  You will get less bites, but the bites will be better bites.  The 3 baits listed below are great big fish baits.

slab slayr

Bobby Garland Slab Slay’r (3″)
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bobby garland strollr

Bobby Garland Stroll’r (2.5″)
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bobby garland baby shad swimr

Bobby Garland Baby Shad Swim’R
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line-3Fishing Lures for Crappie
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line-3Fishing Rigs & Popular Techniques for Crappie
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line-3Live Baits for Crappie
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Minnows and wax worms are the go to live baits for crappie, however, some anglers have been known to catch an occasional crappie on a leech or small piece of a nightcrawler.

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